Guadalajara Out for 2015 World Cup Dressage & Jumping Finals–Las Vegas Asked to Step In
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The World Cup Finals of dressage and jumping for 2015 have been withdrawn from Gadalajara, Mexico, and International Equestrian Federation announced Friday Las Vegas has been asked to step in to host the only annual global championships of the two Olympic disciplines.
The FEI Bureau said the organizers at Guadalajara–which hosted the 2011 Pan American Games, the second largest miltidiscipline sporting event in the world–“have been unable to meet in full the requirements imposed by the FEI Bureau when the Finals were allocated to Guadalajara at its meeting in June of last year.”
Las Vegas Events, Inc., which staged the finals for both dressage and jumping in 2005, 2007 and 2009, has been asked if they are interested in organizing the 2015 finals.
Guadalajara and Las Vegas both put in bids to host the 2015 Finals, but although Guadalajara is no longer involved hosting rights will not automatically be transferred to the American city.
“The FEI has contacted the Las Vegas organizers to see if they are still interested in staging the double Final in 2015 and, if they confirm their continued interest, allocation of the Finals to Las Vegas will be dependent on the organizers fulfilling all the requirements,” FE Secretary General Ingmar de Vos said. “Following receipt of this information from Las Vegas, the ultimate decision on allocation of the Finals will be made by the FEI Bureau.”
The FEI said that Guadalajara was unable to fulfill all of the contractual obligations within the specified timeline.” Reports from the city indicated the organizers ran into difficulties finding an indoor venue suitable for the Wold Cup that is typically held in April as the final of leagues around the world.
“The FEI truly appreciates the efforts that the Guadalajara organizers put in to try and meet all the requirements,” Ingmar De Vos said, “but as they were unable to fulfil them within the agreed timeline, the FEI Bureau was left with no choice but to withdraw the Finals.
“In spite of this setback, we hope that the Mexican Federation will consider hosting a major FEI event in the future, as we are very keen to see a world class equestrian event organized in the region.”
The World Cup Finals have been hosted only in Europe and North America except for 2006 when the Final for Jumping was in Kuala Lumpur, Malayasia.